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What are some useful words to end this year and start next year with?

Asked by gailcalled (53289 points ) December 28th, 2012

In today’s NYT, Frank Bruni says (entitled “These Wretched Vessels”):

“We’re so much more than these wretched vessels that we sprint or swagger or lurch or limp around in, some of them sturdy, some of them not, some of them objects of ardor, some of them magnets for pity. We should make peace with them and remain conscious of that, especially at this particular hinge of the calendar, when we compose a litany of promises about the better selves ahead, foolishly defining those selves in terms of what’s measurable from the outside, instead of what glimmers within.” Source

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Seek's avatar

“Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known.” – Carl Sagan.

CWOTUS's avatar

“Whew,” to end the year.

“Uh oh,” to start it anew, followed by a hopeful, “Maybe it’ll be all right.” (Or ‘alright’ for those whose spelling teachers were less demanding – or less accomplished – than mine, or who just got lazy, partially illiterate or drunk and just decided to spel it that away.)

To add to this, and based on my response to another question in another thread, I would ask an enabling question or two:

“What can I do to make things better?”

ucme's avatar

Yesterday, all my troubles seemed so far away.
Tomorrow, tomorrow, i’ll love ya tomorrow, it’s only a day away.

Shippy's avatar

Plant your own garden and decorate your own soul, instead of waiting for someone to bring you flowers.
Veronica A. Shoffstall

Hope is the thing with feathers
That perches in the soul
And sings the tune without words
And never stops – at all. – (Emily Dickinson)

Every thing that is done in the world is done by hope. – (Martin Luther)

For last year’s words belong to last year’s language
And next year’s words await another voice.
And to make an end is to make a beginning.
T.S. Eliot, “Little Gidding”

I made no resolutions for the New Year. The habit of making plans, of criticizing, sanctioning and molding my life, is too much of a daily event for me.
Anaïs Nin

People are so worried about what they eat between Christmas and the New Year, but they really should be worried about what they eat between the New Year and Christmas.
Author Unknown

CWOTUS's avatar

Lit: A Memoir, by Mary Karr, has some great poetic references:

The shattered water made a misty din.
Great waves looked over others coming in
And thought of doing something to the shore
Water had never done to land before…
(from a Robert Frost poem: Once By the Pacific)

Chapter 4 heading:
“People should like poetry the way a child likes snow, and they would if poets wrote it.” —from a letter by Wallace Stevens

From the end of Chapter 30
“As Emile Zola once noted: the road to Lourdes is littered with crutches, but not one wooden leg.”

Opening of Chapter 35:
“I accept the universe” is reported to have been a favorite utterance of our New England transcendentalist, Margaret Fuller; and when someone repeated this phrase to Thomas Carlyle, his sardonic comment is said to have been: “Gad! she’d better!”

harple's avatar

I think it would be good to end the year saying “I’m sorry” and making any amends that may be necessary. To begin the new year it would be good to be saying “Thank you” for whatever good things are coming up.

CWOTUS's avatar

Oh, now I see what I did. That last was supposed to be in the “favorite poetry” thread from earlier today. I wondered what had become of that post!

And now I’m noticing that most of that wasn’t poetry, anyway… and I’m not even drunk.

Coloma's avatar

Let them eat cake

and it can start with the leftover giant Neopolitan birthday cake in my fridge.

Symbeline's avatar

Onward ho!

WillWorkForChocolate's avatar

“Holy shit. @gailcalled ended a sentence with a preposition? The world will end soon, mark my words!”

Seek's avatar

Erm… she quoted another who did such, and regardless, it’s not always improper to end a sentence with a preposition. Unless it is personally something up with which you will not put. ^_^

WillWorkForChocolate's avatar

No, lol, the question itself ends with a preposition. I’m not truly jumping on her, just havin’ some fun!

gailcalled's avatar

It is an archaic rule left over from writing in Latin.

WillWorkForChocolate's avatar

Just had to give you a hard time because you’re so much fun to tease! :)

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